I’m blessed to welcome sandraj. as my guest today. She writes hope for healing hearts at The Day – God’s Way: Inviting God ‘in’ to our daily grind, our hearts, and our words.
I like comfortable worn jeans, people who are real, big old chairs that you sink into, and natural landscapes that are not too fussy. Quirky people (love geeks) and places attract me; people with small imperfections, like me. I love girl things (like coffee with a friend, bouquets of tulips, women’s bible studies, and most particularly, my two daughters), and I have a heart that longs to tell women that God heals our broken places.
I’m so happy to have her here . . . I know you’ll make her feel welcome. And don’t forget to go over and visit her at that place she calls home.
How to Get Your Five a Day with Thanks
How healthy are you? How healthy is your heart, on the inside, the heart-side? There are two terms that describe inside heart health: encouraged and discouraged. Encouraged means full of courage. Full of hope. Full of heart. Discouraged is the opposite, lacking courage or loss of courage. Hopeless. Despairing. I think we all prefer to be encouraged.
But how do we get there? Maybe in the same way we promote our physical heart health through healthy habits, like eating five portions of fruits and vegetables a day, perhaps our inner heart health would benefit from some healthy habits. I think our heart is filled up from our minds and thoughts, so what we ‘fill up on’ mentally will influence our inner heart attitudes. It’s a mental challenge. A discipline…upstairs! The bible is very clear on what we should be filling our thoughts and hearts with. God says:
“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Col 3:2)
“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)
If anyone were to examine the condition of my inner heart today, it might not look too healthy. I’ve over exercised the grumbling and complaining muscles and let other muscles like gratefulness waste away to nothing. So I’m trying to flex my heart attitudinal muscles. Muscles must be worked out and used to be strengthened. Heart muscles, the inner type, must be strengthened, too The easiest way to exercise my heart muscles is when I’m being thankful. God tells us to ‘do it’ often. Specifically:
“In everything give thanks. For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (I Thessalonians 5:18)
The Psalms give us the same message, using the word ‘praise’. So back to the five-a-day thought. I am trying to change my heart attitude from a glass half full mentality to a cup overflowing mentality.
How ‘full’ is your cup of life?
How you see your ‘cup’ of life is truly more attitude than circumstance. I want to be more thankful. Joy filled. Each day I’m trying to do a ‘five-a-day’ list in my head and heart of things I am thankful for, especially if I’m feeling discouraged. Discouragement often begins by a gnawing worry or thought and it requires action. Movement. So I’m going to flex my brain cells and stretch my inner heart muscles with thanks.
Join me in filling up on five servings of thankfulness a day. Minimum! Let us give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!